Home Town: Nomads don't have home towns
Sports: A bunch
Games: Too many to list
Teams: Sixers, Flyers, Pirates
OS Username: ChaseB
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Home Town: Nomads don't have home towns
Sports: A bunch
Games: Too many to list
Teams: Sixers, Flyers, Pirates
OS Username: ChaseB
Tags: PS3: Slizeezyc / 360: Slizeezyc
Saturday, May 20, 2017
11:57 AM - May 20, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
The Veteran Legend Ken Griffey Jr. card has been released in the Ticket Counter, which means people who pre-ordered MLB The Show 17 and already have Rookie Legend Ken Griffey Jr. can now (in theory) complete the Diamond Program to unlock the MVP Legend Ken Griffey Jr. (99 overall). The Diamond Program tied to this MVP Griffey card still takes many other steps, and you will need to be Gold level 1 and have 5,000 Tickets to purchase the Veteran Griffey, but at least some folks out there who had been grinding and waiting for this card to be released should now be able to snag one of the best cards in the game. If you don't currently have the Rookie Griffey, the developers at Sony San Diego have said the card will be released at some point, we just don't have a date as of yet.
There was also a roster update and a new Bases Loaded pack released (5,000 Stubs, limited to three per person). The Bases Loaded pack actually has solid value this time around as you're guaranteed at least two standard packs, plus one of the old promo packs or a 10, 20 or 50 pack bundle of standard packs. So in theory you could get 52 packs for 5,000 Stubs.
In terms of the roster update, it was a relatively tame one this week, but we still have some players moving between tiers:
Diamond: Craig Kimbrel (92)
Gold: Greg Holland (87), Lance McCullers (85)
Silver: Felipe Rivero (82), Eduardo Rodriguez (80)
Bronze: Erasmo J. Ramirez (74), Justin Smoak (73), Zach Efflin (72), Matt Albers (72), James Hoyt (71), Chris Taylor (70), Tommy Pham (70), Joe Kelly (70)
Carlos Correa and Zach Greinke also became stronger Golds this week.
Silver: Masahiro Tanaka (82)
Common: Ross Stripling (69), Jarred Cosart (66)
In addition, Rich Hill became a weaker Gold, and Edwin Diaz became a weaker Silver.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
03:26 PM - May 16, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Another busy afternoon for Diamond Dynasty mode includes the Ranked Seasons rewards rolling out, a new Event being advertised before beginning tomorrow, and the Set 4 packs being released along with a pack that's tailored to the Event that will be taking place.
The Ranked Seasons rewards affect everyone who played that mode, so it's worth mentioning the release of these rewards began at 3 p.m. EST, and will be continuing for at least a couple hours. This includes the Breakout Paul Goldschmidt for those who made it to World Series rank, and the Francisco Liriano for those who at least made it to the Pennant Race tier -- as well as various other rewards depending on the highest tier you made it to during the first Ranked Seasons. The next season of Ranked Seasons will begin once the rewards have been finished being given out (presumably later today).
The new event is called Advantage: Hitters, and it will run from May 17-24. It is titled as such because it will be right-handed-only batting lineups going up against left-handed-only pitching rotations. The new pack tailored to this event is also up in the Store, and it will run you 4,000 Stubs per pack. The pack includes a guaranteed Legend or Flashback, and any of those throwbacks pulled from the pack will be eligible for the event. The exclusive players for this pack are the Hardware Legend Robin Yount (93 overall), and the Hardware Legend Steve Garvey (88). This 3-inning event will be played on All-Star difficulty, and your team can be as high as 90 overall. The top rewards are a Breakout Joe Carter (89) that you get for 50 cumulative wins, and a All-Star Flashback Andrew Miller (93) that you get for 12-win streak.
The other new pack is the Set 4 pack, which includes exclusive Breakout Legend Cal Ripkin (94), and Breakout Flashback Mat Latos (91).
Finally, some other new cards are now in the game, and they all tie into the new Ranked Season or new Event. These players are All-Star Legend Tony Gwynn (96) that you get if you make it to World Series tier in the second Ranked Seasons, and Impact Veteran Flashback Doug Fister (85) that you get for making it to Pennant Race in Season 2. As for the event, this includes a Breakout Legend Harmon Killebrew (86) that you get for a 9-win streak, and a Impact Veteran Legend Tony Perez (78) that you get for winning at least 30 games during the event.
Friday, May 12, 2017
04:11 PM - May 12, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
There was a Diamond Dynasty update today that included Sony San Diego giving every user who signed on between 3/28-5/11 10 Standard packs and 11K Stubs. In addition, there was a roster update, the release of the Nelson Cruz Breakout Program, a Mother's Day Exchange Mission for a Postseason Jose Bautista (90 overall), and the release of various other Breakout cards to help with the Eddie Matthews Player Epic and Nelson Cruz Breakout Program.
The Nelson Cruz Breakout Program has seven parts, with the final goal netting you an 85 overall Breakout Nelson Cruz. Like the other programs, the missions involve all facets of Diamond Dynasty, with the most time-consuming aspect being to hit 33 home runs with Breakout Series players in online games.
The new Bases Loaded pack (limited to 3 per person, 5,000 Stubs per pack) includes a guaranteed Mother's Day equipment item. You need 15 of those to get the Postseason Jose Bautista. I recommend just buying these 15 items individually, as right now each one costs less than buying a single pack, and you just need 15 items (they don't need to be unique) in order to get the Bautista.
In terms of the roster update, here is a list of the players that moved up and down various tiers. I will also note that Jake Arrieta dropped from a 92 to a 90, and Chris Sale jumped up from a 93 to a 95.
Gold: Marcell Ozuna (86), Charlie Blackmon (86), Jean Segura (85)
Silver: Andrew Benintendi (83), Justin Wilson (83), Brandon Maurer (83), Eugenio Suarez (82), Aaron Hicks (81), Adam Duvall (80), Mark Reynolds (80), Joe Biagini (80)
Bronze: Tommy Kahnle (78), Aaron Altherr (73), Ross Stripling (72), Scott Schebler (72), Wandy Peralta (71), Jorge De La Rosa (71), Jordan Montgomery (71), Ben Gamel (70), Jose Leclerc (70)
Silver: Ben Zobrist (83), Andrew McCutchen (83), Jonathan Villar (83)
Bronze: Francisco Rodriguez (73)
Lastly, here is a list of new cards that have come into the Marketplace as of today:
Breakout Steve Finley (91), Breakout Kendrys Morales (88), Breakout Steve Pearce (88), Breakout Yan Gomes (87), Breakout Chris Iannetta (87), Breakout Mark Reynolds (87), Veteran Justin Upton (87), Rookie Alexei Ramirez (86), Breakout Coco Crisp (86), Breakout Michael Bourn (86), Breakout Willie Stargell (85), Breakout Erick Aybar (84), Breakout Yunel Escobar (84), Veteran Eric Karros (74), Rookie Ralph Kiner (67).
Again, these Breakouts are more options to potentially use for the Nelson Cruz Breakout Program. In addition, you need 50 unique Breakout items to complete the Eddie Matthews Player Epic, so these could help with that as well.
Friday, May 5, 2017
04:34 PM - May 5, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
A limited edition, limited quantity Bases Loaded Pack was released today that coincides with a new Player Epic Mission for a Monthly Awards Eric Thames. The mission revolves around collecting all six Monthy Awards players (Jason Vargas, Ryan Zimmerman, Mike Leake, Aaron Judge, Chris Owings and Mitch Haniger). The pack costs 20K Stubs and is limited to one per person -- it's wise to realize only the Aaron Judge and Ryan Zimmerman will make the purchase worth your while. Otherwise, it's best to just go and bite the bullet to buy each card on the Marketplace. The Mitch Haniger is the one card not in these packs, instead he costs 1,400 Tickets and you must be at least a Silver Level 50 to acquire the card.
There are also a bunch of other little additions to Diamond Dynasty. In the Ticket Counter, you will find a Breakout Orel Hershiser (2,300 Tickets, Gold Level 1) and a Breakout Dale Murphy (500 Tickets, Bronze Level 50). There are also a bunch of new Breakout cards that have been added to the mode overall. These are most likely to help you with the Doug Drabek Program, which revolves around using Breakout pitchers, as well as the Monthly Ranked Seasons Missions that partially revolve around doing particular things with Breakout/Flashback hitters. These players include Breakout Rich Gossage (90 overall), Breakout Jack McDowell (90), Breakout Chase Headley (94), Breakout Ian Kennedy (89), Breakout Steve Cishek (89), Breakout John Danks (85), Breakout Marco Estrada (85), Breakout Brad Boxberger (84), Breakout Logan Forsythe (83) and Breakout Didi Gregorius (82).
Some new Time Limited Missions were also added today. They all revolve around particular weekend matchups but don't seem particularly worthwhile, with the rewards for each one just being a specific MLB stadium.
Finally, there was a roster update today, which led to some players fluctuating between card tiers. Here is the breakdown of the tier changes:
Diamond: Daniel Murphy (90)
Gold: Jose Ramirez (86), Miguel Sano (85)
Silver: Ryan Zimmerman (82), Aaron Judge (81), Mike Leake (81), Trevor Rosenthal (81), Corey Dickerson (80), Jake Lamb (80), Michael Conforto (80)
Bronze: Anthony Swarzak (77), Joe Biagini (76), Archie Bradley (75), Bud Norris (74)
Silver: Edwin Encarnacion (83), D.J. LeMahieu (83), Seung Hwan Oh (83)
Bronze: Jose Bautista (78), Adrian Gonzalez (77)
Common: Erasmo J. Ramirez (69)
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
03:00 PM - May 3, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
The third of MLB The Show's Diamond Dynasty Programs was just released, this time featuring an 86 overall Breakout Doug Drabek. Much like the Chris Archer and Chipper Jones Programs, this one involves multiple modes of play, with the most challenging accomplishments being 15 wins with Breakout Series players in head-to-head online games, and tallying 75 strikeouts with Breakout Series pitchers in Ranked Seasons games.
I am sure some will be frustrated by this program in that there are already two Doug Drabeks available (a Rookie Series version in the Ticket Counter store, and a Diamond version for collecting all Pirates). There have been some complaints about multiple versions of players being released rather than more unique legends finding their way into Diamond Dynasty mode thus far, and so this adds to that glut via a whole program revolving around getting a redundant player. To be fair, how many legends are in the game is purely based on who Sony has the rights to put in the game to begin with, and so if their legend pool does not have the depth to make it through a whole season, this is one way to at least try and extend the life of the mode.
That being said, for those who enjoy the challenge of completing missions to get the XP, players, packs and Stubs, this is another way to spend time doing just that.
Finally, Set 3 of the Standard Packs was also released today, featuring exclusive players Breakout Edgar Martinez and Breakout Bob Feller.
Friday, April 28, 2017
04:09 PM - April 28, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
A new roster update and a new pack of cards went live today for Diamond Dynasty. The pack of cards is the April 28 Bases Loaded Pack.
The main draw of this pack is you are guaranteed a single Griffey equipment item to hopefully help you finish that portion of the Diamond Program. It costs 2,000 Stubs and you are limited to five packs. My personal recommendation is to pass on this pack of cards. You're very likely to just get duplicates of the Silver equipment items -- even with a triple chance of a Diamond player, with only 3 player items per pack it's not good math on that end either.
On the roster update end of things, the biggest change is that Freddie Freeman is now a Diamond player. This should make finishing the Braves collection much more expensive moving forward.
Other major changes include:
-James Paxton jumping from a Silver to a Gold.
-Bryce Harper becoming an even more dominant Diamond.
-Raisel Iglesias becoming a Gold, which gives the Reds their first Gold player of the season (Votto is a Diamond).
-Wil Myers going from Silver to Gold, which again should make the Padres collection a little more pricey to finish as this is the first Padres player to go Gold.
-Ivan Nova, Chris Devenski, Ervin Santana, Jason Vargas and Dylan Bundy jumped from Bronze to Silver players.
-Jason Heyward and Curtis Granderson jumped from Bronze to Silver.
-And Eric Thames was finally added to the game, and he comes in at a 82 overall, with 80 power against lefties and righties.
-EDIT- OS user PRBoricua has also pointed out the Player Spotlight mission for the All-Star Ken Griffey Jr. has been altered so you now have unlimited Ranked Seasons games to get the 10 home runs and 22 RBIs to unlock the Breakout Ken Griffey Jr.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
05:00 PM - April 26, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Some new updates to Diamond Dynasty today included new cards being added to the Ticket Counter, a new Event being posted, and the addition of a time-limited Rookie Series pack you can purchase for 4,500 Stubs (limit 3 per person).
The exclusive cards in this pack are a Rookie Flashback Yasiel Puig (Gold), and a Rookie Flashback Aroldis Chapman (Silver). Some other new rookies you can find in these packs include Orel Hershiser (Gold), Kenny Lofton (Gold), Marcus Stroman (Gold), Dustin Ackley (Silver), Aledmys Diaz (Silver), Daniel Murphy (Silver), Gary Carter (Bronze), Jack McDowell (Bronze), Billy Wagner (Bronze), Fred McGriff (Bronze), Max Kepler (Bronze), Nomar Mazara (Bronze), Rollie Fingers (Bronze), and Justin Turner (Bronze).
The new players included on the Ticket Counter are also rookies. These players are Tony Perez (280 tickets, level 10), Doug Drabek (155 tickets, level 0), and Steve Finley (55 tickets, level 0). None of these players have a Player Spotlight tied to them, so only buy them if you actually want to use them for other challenges or missions.
The last big update is that a new Event will start on Thursday at 3 p.m. EST. This is the "25 and Under" Event where you can use any player 25 or under who is not a Diamond. Your team is capped at 89 overall, and the top rewards are a Hardware Legend Jackie Robinson (Silver) for a 10-win streak, and a Hardware Flashback Justin Verlander (Bronze) for 20 cumulative wins. These will be 6-inning games on All-Star difficulty.
Lastly, a quick reminder that the Time-Limited Red Sox/Yankees mission is ongoing right now and involves tallying 20 runs with Yankees or Red Sox players in Diamond Dynasty Games. It will end on April 27 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
12:46 PM - April 8, 2017. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
There was a new time-limited Diamond Dynasty pack released for MLB The Show 17 on Friday. It is the Bases Loaded pack. It comes with one guaranteed Silver player, double the chance of a Gold player and triple the chance of a Diamond player.
You can buy a limit of four packs, and they cost 4,000 Stubs per pack. I opened up a single pack and Nolan Arenado was the first card I pulled. Your luck probably won't be that good, but hey, there's hope.
Monday, September 5, 2016
11:25 AM - September 5, 2016. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
NBA 2K17 will soon be upon us (as Mike Wangís recent gameplay blog shows), but thereís one topic I have to talk about before release season officially arrives: team defense.
This past year Iíve talked a lot about multi-man interactions and defensive situations, but one thing I havenít really talked about is how an entire defense works together. Team defense can be very hit or miss in NBA 2K16. At points the rotations are great, but other times team defense breaks down every step of the way.
So after the jump, Iíll dive in with some GIFs that try to detail the good, the bad and the ugly of NBA 2K16ís team defense.
Read More - Team Defense Must Improve in NBA 2K17
Sunday, June 19, 2016
03:30 PM - June 19, 2016. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Hey y'all, Happy Father's Day! Tons going on today between Game 7, U.S. Open, Euro Cup, etc. etc. We're streaming The Show right now, but will be switching over to NBA 2K16 in the near future.
We'll also probably be talking about anything else coming out of E3, the NBA Draft, and whatever else tickles your fancy. Come hang out if you got some time.
Stream Link: https://www.twitch.tv/operationsports
Update: Thanks for coming out, enjoy the archive.
Friday, May 20, 2016
04:01 PM - May 20, 2016. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Players On The Rise
Old guys still matter! Zorilla, Big Papi, Kinsler all got some love this week as veterans still showing out in their 30s. Andrew Miller is the highest overall player impacted on the positive side of things this week, moving up one point to 92.
The Phillies got some notice this week as Aaron Nola became the first Gold player on the Phils. Odubel Herrera was also boosted up to 83 overall and is now on the cusp of going Gold.
A bunch of other young, talented players got boosts as well. That list includes Trayce Thompson, Jackie Bradley Jr., Trevor Story and Nick Castellanos.
(All thanks go to Daddy Leagues for these numbers!)
- Aaron Nola went from Silver to Gold
- Ben Zobrist went from Silver to Gold
- Howie Kendrick went from Bronze to Silver
- Trevor Story went from Bronze to Silver
- Chris Coghlan went from Bronze to Silver
- Rubby De La Rosa went from Bronze to Silver
- Trayce Thompson went from Bronze to Silver
- Joba Chamberlain went from Common to Bronze
- Christian Friedrich went from Common to Bronze
- Kirby Yates went from Common to Bronze
- Tony Cingrani went from Common to Bronze
- Mike Wright went from Common to Bronze
Andrew Miller +1 boost in Overall rating (92 Overall)
Ben Zobrist +3 (87) -- +6 Con vs. R / +13 Pwr vs. R
Ian Kinsler +2 (87)
David Ortiz +2 (87) -- +2 Pwr vs. R / +3 Pwr vs. L
Aaron Nola +3 (86) -- +8 HR/9 / +7 K/9
Jaime Garcia +2 (84)
Odubel Herrera +3 (83)
Howie Kendrick +5 (82)
Nate Jones +2 (80)
Nick Castellanos +3 (81) -- +10 Pwr vs. R / +15 Pwr vs. L
Jackie Bradley Jr. +3 (81) -- +8 Con vs. R / +5 Con vs. L / +5 Pwr vs. R / +11 Pwr vs. L
Chris Coghlan +3 (80)
Mark Trumbo +2 (80) -- +10 Pwr vs. R
Trevor Story +2 (79) -- +11 Con vs. R
Rubby De La Rosa +4 (78)
Trayce Thompson +8 (78) -- +9 Con vs. L / +22 Pwr vs. L
Jeff Manship +5 (77)
Danny Duffy +6 (76)
Brad Brach +2 (75)
Chris Young +4 (75)
Jake Lamb +2 (72)
Joba Chamberlain +6 (71)
Christian Friedrich +7 (70)
Kirby Yates +3 (70)
Tony Cingrani +1 (69)
Mike Wright +8 (69)
Scott Carroll +5 (68)
A.J. Schugel +4 (67)
Matt McBridge +10 (63)
Pat Dean +5 (63)
Steven Moya +1 (62)
Read More - More Details, Including Joey Votto's Fall
Thursday, May 19, 2016
11:54 AM - May 19, 2016. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
Oh, hey guysssss. So welcome back for another year of MLB The Show predictions. This feature was slumbering while The Show figured out a consistent release schedule for new rosters. Now that Friday seems to be the day when new rosters come out, that means I can start predicting ratings changes on Thursdays.
Iíll be breaking down my predictions into three categories once again (high, medium, low) as well as adding a ďholdĒ category for players I think can become higher rated over the course of the season (see: Bryce Harper going from Silver to Diamond last season -- thereís only one Bryce though).
Okay, letís get to it:
Ratings Boost Probability: High
Jackie Bradley Jr. - He's got a 23-game hitting streak going, and he's one of the best players in the AL this season. He has 7 home runs and a .370 average over the last month.
Ian Desmond - A bit forgotten after a weird offseason, but he's just rolling the last month in Texas. The mix of power, speed and average makes him a solid all-around player.
Adam Eaton - FanGraphs pointed out how valuable Adam Eaton has become, and it makes sense. Heís in the lineup every day, heís not bad at anything, and heís at least a plus-player in almost everything. Heís got a bunch of multi-hit games the last month, and he really does look like a top-tier center fielder at this point.
Danny Salazar - Itís only 50 innings, but you take notice of a guy with 61 Ks in 50 innings to go with a 1.8 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Now his xFIP is 3.38 so heís over his head for now, but Salazar has unbelievable stuff and is getting big-time results right now.
Read More - Scope Out The Rest Of The Predictions After The Jump
Monday, April 25, 2016
11:36 AM - April 25, 2016. Posted by Steve_OS. Written by Chase Becotte
The question of realism in sports games is always a tricky thing to discuss. Most of us want our sports games to be ďrealisticĒ depictions of what we watch on TV or experience in our day-to-day lives.
What that usually means is hoping Madden makes the passing game more diversified, or hoping you can botch your cap situation like a true Jerry Jones disciple. In many respects, what people are talking about wanting here at Operation Sports are ďsimulationĒ aspects that help keep a game dynamic and interesting. Repetition is the enemy.
But thereís another layer of ďrealismĒ in sports games, as well as another set of creative liberties that go along with it. I would classify this element of realism as visual realism. Itís one part graphics, but itís also just one part physicality. Hockey games, football games, basketball games, even baseball games all have to deal with collisions and physics. What do these interactions look like? How do they make you feel? (Boxing games and MMA games are built around visual physicality, so Iím ignoring them here because combat sports are a whole other disucssion.)
Read More - Do You Care About Dangerous Hits in Madden? (Written By: Chase Becotte)
Friday, February 12, 2016
12:38 PM - February 12, 2016. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
When it comes to NBA 2K, the developers who have to figure out the best way to create an environment where both defense and offense are rewarded has to be a tricky balancing act. I would even say it has to be frustrating at times. Some of the decisions you have to make in terms of deciding what two-man interactions you implement, deciding how dribble moves work, how the defensive slide works, how defensive assist plays into the equation, how the ball itself acts in this situation, and how physical you can even be all play into a showdown that occurs 100 billion times a game.
In other words, it feels really complex to me.
Some folks have been poking me to write about on-ball defense, and Iíve sort of tried to avoid writing about it because itís a quagmire of sorts. I donít know if itís really possible to nail a perfect balance when you have a million animations, a ton of attributes, oodles of dribble moves, and a lot of various player types and bodies all bouncing off each other in all these scenarios. Itís not a simple paper beats rock scenario (though come on, we all know rock flies right through paper).
That being said, Iíve come to think of on-ball defense like a mini-game version of a fighting game. Itís reading and reacting as one player tries to do an input that the other is predicting or trying to counter. Iím not sure if thatís the right way to think about it or not, but itís the way Iíve settled on thinking about on-ball defense as Iíve written this all up.
After the jump, Iíll talk a little bit about the real NBA vs. NBA 2K. From there, Iíll dive into what I see as the positives, the negatives and the I-am-not-even-really-sure territory of on-ball defense in NBA 2K16.
This one might get a little weird. Letís do it.
Read More - NBA 2K16: On-Ball Physicality
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
11:55 AM - February 9, 2016. Posted by ChaseB. Written by Chase Becotte
A pet peeve in a video game is just a little thing that drives you crazy. Itís not really a ďgame killerĒ or anything like that to me, itís just that one thing you wish was better. It can be something small like a player's signature shot being slightly off, or it can even be a bit bigger like an inability to import a draft class.
The point is this pet peeve gnaws at you even though you actively try to ignore it. Itís that big brother who pokes you in that spot between your chest and shoulder (come on, you know the spot). He just keeps doing it over and over trying to get a rise out of you. You try to pretend it doesnít bother you, but inside your own head youíre screaming. Finally, you snap and check him through the wall. From there, you have a moment of jubilation, only to then realize youíve sealed your own fate and the pummeling of a lifetime. So you immediately sprint out of the house and plan to hide in the small wooded area until your mom gets home from work. Only you realize your mom is going to be pissed about the brother-sized hole in the living room wall, so you do the math on how long you need to stay out before sheís just happy youíre home and totally forgets about the wall. However, somewhere along the line you realize youíre a 10-year-old kid who's totally not cool with being in the woods when it gets dark. This realization ends with a sad slink home as you accept your doomed fate.
...Oh, uh yeah sorry, got a bit off track there I guess.
The point is we all have these pet peeves in our video games. Iím going to highlight just a couple of my own in NBA 2K16, and then maybe you all will have some to share as well. Letís do it.
Read More - NBA 2K16: Biggest Pet Peeve